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Federal (USV)


Alfred E. May

(1843 - 1929)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company G, 7th Ohio Infantry on 20 June 1861 giving his age as 21 (he was 17).

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the head in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Promoted to Corporal on 1 May 1864, and was discharged with his Company on 7 July 1864.

After the War

"In 1915, he was appointed by the governor of Ohio to a commission to select a design for a monument to commemorate a battle at Lookout Mountain (7/14/1915). Also an inventor, he claimed to have been the first person to find a practical use for fuel oil when he built his own oil-burning boiler in the 19th century."

References & notes

Basic information from Wilson1. Post-war quote from an historical survey of his house in Oberlin, OH. Details from the US Census for 1900 (Oberlin, OH).


08/1843 in OH


1929; burial in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, OH


1   Wilson, Lawrence, and the Historical Committee of the Regimental Association, Itinerary of the Seventh Ohio Infantry 1861-1864, New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1907, pp. 593, 640, 641  [AotW citation 13068]